25 Years of Organizing Across Canada

In 2002, I attended the Professional Organizers in Canada (POC) conference in Toronto for the first time. Armed with a business name, business cards, and a marketing brochure, off I went to connect with others in the industry. I still remember how excited I was with the possibility of using my innate organizing skills to help others. I hoped to learn more about the organizing profession, specifically what was involved in working with clients and best practices for running an organizing business. Because I come from a family of entrepreneurs, I always wanted to have my own business, and this seemed like the perfect fit.

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About Professional Organizers in Canada

Founded in 1999 by a small group, POC is celebrating 25 years of supporting professional organizers across the country. More than 450 members offer a huge variety of services both in person and virtually. In addition to its in-depth education program, POC has a robust support network where members can share ideas, collaborate on projects, and create connections with others.

During my 22 years of membership, I have formed friendships with other organizers far and wide. I am fortunate to be part of a group of like-minded people I can reach out to when I need advice on a client project or feedback on a business idea. I have also had the opportunity to work with organizers in the local area. Their assistance has been invaluable on larger client projects.

Jane Veldhoven at the Ask the Experts Panel at the Professional Organizers in Canada conference in 2017.
Jane Veldhoven at the Ask the Experts Panel at the Professional Organizers in Canada conference in 2017.

The Benefits of Volunteering

My volunteer work with POC has been an incredibly rewarding experience. I was a founding member of the Atlantic Chapter and was chairperson and treasurer for several years. Later, I joined the National Board as Director of Marketing for a two-year term. Additionally, I served on the Awards Committee, the National Conference Committee, and the Education Committee over the years. Also, I had the privilege of helping to create the first POC Trained Professional Organizer program and was an education facilitator for eight years. Then, in 2014, I was awarded the prestigious Harold Taylor Award, recognizing my contribution to POC and the organizing profession.

Jane Veldhoven with colleagues at the Professional Organizers in Canada conference in 2018.
Jane Veldhoven with colleagues at the Professional Organizers in Canada conference in 2018.

Oh, How Things Have Changed!

In 2003, I officially launched Get Organized by Design and started working full-time as a professional organizer. At that time, I offered small business consulting, as well as time management and productivity training for corporate clients. In addition, I did some hands-on home organizing services.

After a few years, I felt that combining organizing and interior design would allow me to offer what my clients needed and focus on the work I truly enjoyed. Since then, I have moved completely away from corporate and small business client projects. Now, I concentrate on decluttering, downsizing, space planning, move management, and a full slate of interior decorating and home design services.

Looking back over the past 22 years, it’s clear that POC played a pivotal role in shaping my organizing business and career. Indeed, I could not have transformed my business to continue doing what I love without the support of my POC colleagues across the country. As the Canadian organizing industry celebrates its 25th anniversary, I invite you to join us. Whether you’re an aspiring organizer looking to start your own business or an experienced entrepreneur who wants to expand your network, POC provides resources, education, and community to help you succeed.

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